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Lady Macbeth essay. A) In act 1 scene, we see lady MacBeth reading a letter that her husband, MacBeth has sent her, it has been written as a soliloquy, she reads aloud to the audience how he has been given information about his future by a group of witches. MacBeth sent this letter to his wife quickly, he is was obviously pleased with the news and wanted her to know about it. This gives the audience the impression that Lady MacBeth was very dominant in their relationship, and by telling her about the prophecy she would know what to do. Lady MacBeth already knows that MacBeth is the Thane of Cawdor and according to the witches prophecy he will soon be King. But she says, "Yet do I fear thy nature. It is too full o' milk of kindness To catch the nearest way." Lady MacBeth is worried that her husband is to weak to do what has to be done. Already we see that Lady MacBeth has formed a plan. Lady MacBeth thinks that MacBeth will be King, and at this point in the play we start to see the evil side of her begin to come out. She decides that he is too kind and must be changed, "That I may pour my spirits in thine ear, and chastise with the valour of my tongue" she means she will persuade him to do what she wants. In her plan MacBeth must be ruthless, "the illness should attend" (a touch of evil) ...read more.

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She reassures him, "These deeds must not be thought After these ways; so, it will make us mad" she tells him to forget about it otherwise it will ruin them. She comforts him and makes excuses for him, in Act 3 scene 4 the banqueting scene, after seeing banquo 's ghost MacBeth is threatening to blow their cover by acting strangely but lady MacBeth steps in and tries to stop any suspicion on them, "Sit, worthy friends. My lord is often thus, and hath been from his youth. Pray you, keep seat. The fit is momentary; upon a thought He will again be well. If much you note him You shall offend his passion. Feed, and regard him not [to MacBeth] Are you man again" She covers his outburst up as best she can, this displays to him without her he would be lost and found out. Although it seems that MacBeth could not be King without her sometimes her need for him is displayed. For example in her plan she needed him to murder Duncan because she could not. "Had he not resembled My father as he slept, I had done't. My husband" She shows some weakness. But as the play progresses MacBeth becomes more and more independent, and we start to see some remorse in Lady MacBeth. In act 3 scene 2 we see a dramatic change in Macbeth's attitude towards his wife, "How now, my lord, why do you keep alone," he is ignoring her. ...read more.

Conclusion

In Shakespeare's time the idea of killing a king was one of the worst crimes and worst evils there was, people back in that time where very religious compared with society today. There idea was, a king was god's appointed leader on earth so by killing a king in some way you were trying to hurt god. This idea would have made a great difference on the views of the audience at that time. Today although murder is still a very bad and evil thing, I think the religious view on it wouldn't be as harsh. I think if an actress were to play Lady MacBeth that she would have to use very powerful body language to get across to the audience the feelings of remorse and weakness. she would have to keep up a guard of pretending to hard and cruel but sometimes let the kindness of Lady Macbeth's character come out. I think Macduff's comment is correct in some ways and wrong in others. Lady MacBeth has many evil and calculating characteristics but I think she truly felt that what she was doing would make her husband happy. I think what she thought she was doing was a selfless act and only wanted him to be great. I think what we thought was evil in her was really incredible ambition. But then again she did plan and help kill a king in cold blood and used everything evil to help her. If I had to blame anyone it would be the witches, it was there doing that made lady MacBeth what she became, "a fiend like queen". ...read more.

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